Apple releases iOS 11.3
Apple has finally released the iOS 11.3 update to all supported devices including the iPad Air and later, the iPad Mini 2 and later, the iPhone 5S and later, and iPod touch (6th gen).
The iOS 11.3 update includes a handful of new features such as new immersive augmented reality experiences. With iOS 11.3, apps can now deliver AR experiences that use vertical surfaces like walls and doors, in addition to horizontal surfaces like tables and chairs, and more accurately map to irregularly shaped surfaces like circular tables.
The new update brings four our all-new Animoji for iPhone X users’ such as a lion, bear, dragon, or skull. It will also feature Business Chat that allow users to communicate directly with businesses using the Messages app on iPhone and iPad. However, it will only available in beta in the US and top businesses in retail, finance, and hospitality.
A new Health Records feature is present that helps patients of more than 40 health systems including Duke, NYU Langone, Stanford and Yale view their medical records from multiple institutions right from their iPhone. Moreover, the data and privacy information has also been updated and the new icon for it will appear whenever Apple asks for access to personal information to enable features, secure Apple services or personalize an iOS experience.
There’s also a new feature to show battery health of an iPhone and recommend if a battery needs to be serviced. These can be found in Settings -> Battery and are available for iPhone 6 and later.
Users can now see if the power management feature dynamically manages maximum performance to prevent unexpected shutdowns, and can choose to turn it off. This feature can be found in Settings -> Battery and is available for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus.
Additional features include:
- Apple Music now streams music videos uninterrupted by ads. Users can watch the hottest new videos, classics or ones from their favorite artists back-to-back in new music video playlists.
- Apple News makes it easier to stay up-to-date on the most important videos of the day with a new Video group in For You, and improved Top Stories.
- Commuters in Beijing and Shanghai can begin using Apple Pay on their iPhone and Apple Watch for an easy, fast and secure ride on Metro and bus lines.
- Apple TV app, a unified place for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users to discover and start watching the best shows and movies, will launch in Brazil and Mexico. These markets join Apple TV app users in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK.
- Brazil will gain Siri support on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation), making it possible to search for and access movies, shows, songs, apps and more, using just your voice.
- HomeKit software authentication provides a great new way for developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories while protecting privacy and security.
- Support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.
Source: Apple Newsroom